Sustaining the productivity of tree crops on agricultural land

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  • Published: 1 Feb 2001

  • Author(s): Grove, TS, et al

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Primary objectives of the project ‘Sustaining the Productivity of Tree Crops on Agricultural Land in South-Western Australia’ were to quantify the changes to the fertility of agricultural soils planted to eucalypts and to evaluate strategies to maintain soil fertility and sustain long-term plantation productivity.

The project team addressed the objectives using two approaches. The first evaluated changes to nutrient forms and fluxes in surface soils at paired pasture-plantation sites covering the area in which E. globulus has been planted in south-western Australia. The second approach examined the effects of inter-rotation site management treatments on soil nutrients in experiments at two sites.